The Seminar on Vedana and Sampajanna, held in 1990 at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, was an important milestone in the acknowledgement of Vipassana Meditation as the quintessence of the Buddha's teaching. The papers presented at this Seminar gave detailed insight into these two very important terms from the Pāli canon and are inspiring to meditators and scholars interested in the Buddha's teaching.
Introduction to the Papers Presented by VRI
Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) is an organisation that was established for conducting research into the pariyatti (theory) and patipatti (practice) of the Buddha's teaching. It also conducts research on the application of Vipassana in such fields as health, education and social development. The Institute is adjacent to Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri where regular courses in Vipassana meditation are offered. VRI also offers a Pāli language study programme and publishes works of interest to Vipassana students. It integrates theoretical principles of the non-sectarian teaching of Gotama the Buddha with the practice of Vipassana meditation.
Vipassana Research Institute has undertaken the task of interpreting certain words that are of great importance to the practice of the Buddha's teaching. This seminar has been organized to help elucidate such terms, the understanding of which, play a crucial role in Vipassana meditation as taught by Gotama the Buddha-vedana and sampajanna. It is important that meditators understand these two terms so that they may practice seriously, with confidence, free from confusion.
There is tremendous gratitude for all of the pioneering efforts in translating the sayings of the Buddha into English and other languages. As a result of these efforts many people have come into contact with and have been inspired by his precious teachings. However, the translation of one language into another is difficult and often imperfect, even more so when it comes to the words of the Fully Enlightened One. When the Buddha uses technical terms that are the crux of meditation techniques, these terms have very specific and specialised meanings. Corresponding terms in other languages may not, and often do not, exist. For this reason translations must continue to be refined and updated because a clear understanding of these words serves as an essential guide to the practice. As one develops in the practice, one's understanding deepens, which in turn allows for more accurate translations of the Buddha's teachings.
In presenting these papers, it is hoped that the understanding of the Buddha's words will become more precise and that students of meditation will be able to work free from doubt and confusion to experience real peace and happiness. Certainly, the coverage of these two terms, presented in these papers, is incomplete. Additional work is needed in order to shed light on many other suttas in the Tipitaka and its commentaries where these terms are contained; research must continue-both theoretical and practical.
- Why Vedana and What is Vedana?
- The Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna
- Vedana and the Four Noble Truths
- The Significance of Vedana in Vipassana
- Relevance of Vedana to Bhavana-maya Panna
- Significance of the Pāli Term Dhuna in the Practice of Vipassana Meditation
- Types of Vedana and a State Beyond Vedana
- Vedana in Paticcasamuppada
- Vedana in the Practice of Satipatthana
- Importance of Vedana
- The Causes of Vedana
- The Comprehension of Vedana, the Sambodhi of the Buddha
- The Importance of Kaya-samphassaja-vedana in Vipassana Meditation
- Samisa and Niramisa in Meditation
- Sampajanna-the Constant Thorough Understanding of Impermanence
- The Parinnaya of Vedana
- The Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna in Vipassana Meditation
- The Four Sampajanna
- The Buddha and His Noble Path
- Vipassana and Vedana as Understood by a Novice
- Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna in the Vipassana (Insight) System of Meditation
- Vedana and Aniccasanna of Vipassana in the Pāli Text
- Kamma and Vedananupassana
- The Impact of Thorough Understanding (Sampajanna) on Sensations (Vedana)
- The Routine Duties of a Meditator: Sampajanna
- Feeling and Right Perception in Vipassana Meditation